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It is important that I, myself, demand the forces to restrict my egoism. I ask to be given the force to rise above my nature. That is, I wrap myself in isolation, and beyond this isolation I ask to be given the intention of bestowal. I don’t know what this is but if it is the Creator’s nature, then may He give me such qualities.
The Creator doesn’t hear one person, but at least two, if they are united. Yet He necessarily hears a ten, if it turns to Him as one person. In the spiritual world, one is ten, united as one.
#kabbalah #unity #wisdom #quotes
The greater a person, the greater his egoism. Despite the disappointment, we must help each other and rise back up—not thinking about our failures, but about how to awaken the hearts of the friends. Then we won’t have problems.
If I care for the sick friends, I will forget about my own disease.
We must break the barrier, constantly ask, demand from the Creator, with the understanding that there is no other way out. He enjoys our requests, but cannot allow us to clearly feel His reactions since we would then start to use Him egoistically, demanding “give us – give us” even greater knowledge.
When we discover the inability to turn to, pray, and be in contact with the Creator, we will understand how much we need the environment, the group, unity—only inside of it will we reveal the Creator and be able to turn to Him together. Otherwise, neither I nor the friends will reach the Creator—only all of us together.
The condition, “You won’t get it till you yell,” is the process of building our Kli. These shouts, efforts that we make together with the friends toward prayer, turn into our new spiritual vessel. A new Kli above the will to enjoy is built through contact with the Creator when He does not respond to us.
The Creator stands at the boundary of the spiritual world, and we must persuade Him to let us in. He is not our enemy, but He only insists on this condition: unity, oneness, mutual help. We must constantly make efforts toward this, striving toward a response, constantly firing into this one point.
We must attack, like in war—mobilize all means and forces for a constant plea to the Creator, never ceasing to feel that He is the one standing in our way and not letting us go. We do not feel one another, but we can feel a point that is common to us, the Creator, who obstructs our unity.
Spirituality is attained only through prayer, but the Creator won’t let us do this. To a regular person, it’s easy to turn to the Creator, but we, Kabbalists, won’t be able to simply turn to Him since the Creator wishes for us to have a real, correct, internal connection with Him, one that is precise, powerful and mutual.
The Creator deliberately gets in our way. We must plead with Him, cry out, beg, so “My sons have defeated Me” will come true. We are standing right on this threshold—and all we must do is create a common request, to persuade the Creator. He wishes and waits for it, but tolerates and restrains us, suffering more than us.
The desires of all times and all creatures will gather within us, and we will bring them to connection with the Creator. We are now realizing this mission by means of a special unity between us. Otherwise the Creator will not hear us. In the past He heard Kabbalists who studied individually, but that does not work today.
There is essentially one request: we ask the Creator for one thing, for unity. We want to unite, and from the unity we will understand that we need greater and stronger unity! The Creator must do all of this, “He who creates peace in the heavens will establish #peace among us.”
Reaching the common prayer is possible with help from above. Help from above will not come until we ask for it. Our heart of stone does not wish to feel anyone else, it is incapable of it and not ready for it. The reason is the Creator, who stands between us and does not allow us to connect, until we truly ask for it.
Nothing remains for the world except self-annihilation—this is where everything is going, or to try to at least speak about a good connection between everyone… that is all we need because our thoughts, desires, (#prayers) will change the world.
#Crisis #kabbalah #Wisdom
We already have the initial contact with Him, we are very close. The Creator only sets up conditions for us that get more difficult day by day, so we may reach the true demand to which He will be able to respond.
Wrapped in reflected light and confident about using my will to enjoy for the sake of bestowal, I can act. We are very close to realizing this. We need a few efforts for a request, a demand. If we don’t feel a reaction in response, then like a baby, we start demanding it.
From Twitter, 12/26/19
This time of the year, we are prone to wait for miracles. However, what if we actually don’t need to wait for miracles, but create them ourselves becoming more susceptible to others?
If the people who feel a strong rejection and hatred toward each other, begin consciously rising above it and connect, they literally draw the light of complete bestowal and love.
When each person starts being nice to others, without suppressing his rejection but overcoming it, his life also significantly improves, and everything falls into place. Out of the darkness, from which one was calling out for the miracles, he reaches a state of happiness and fulfillment.
What is a miracle? It is everything that is good. If we start uniting above the rejection that we instinctively feel, we’ll get an opportunity to let that good into the world.
The uniqueness of our time is in the fact that the wisdom of Kabbalah is beginning to be a part of the life of general society; it is beginning to show itself as a special path toward the common correction of humanity. Therefore, it has something to say about the world, and it intervenes in different areas of our lives. These are not times when a person reads a Kabbalistic book without connecting his studies with this world. It had nothing to do with politics, economics, history, geography, ecology, or the society in which one lived.
Kabbalah was a special wisdom, not related to this world, but seemingly speaking about angels in heaven, that is, about the upper forces, with the help of which a person could develop new sensory organs and attain the Creator and the upper worlds personally without connecting with anyone else. Kabbalists studied in secret, without leaving their corner. The wisdom was hidden, and a person hid himself and his studies.
This continued for thousands of years until the time of the Ari when the revelation of Kabbalah began, but still in a very slow and modest way. Although there were Kabbalists such as Baal Shem Tov, who began mass education of Kabbalah and opened many learning centers. This movement later received the name “Hassidism” and began to spread among the people of Israel.
However, in our time, the wisdom of Kabbalah already goes beyond the people of Israel and begins to spread widely throughout the world. The fact is that the development of the world has reached a point after which only the wisdom of Kabbalah can explain what is happening. The integrated world requires general connection and the transformation of humanity into a single nation.
The crisis, which we feel everywhere around the world, indicates that the problem is not in ecology, economy, or technology, but in humanity itself. These problems indicate that there is no unity between us like in all the other parts of nature. Through our connection we will cause unity in nature; therefore, nature calls us to correct ourselves and thus correct the separation between the forces of nature at all its levels in order to bring it to balance and harmony.
Only the wisdom of Kabbalah is capable of this. Only it can explain that the world is a single closed system, and give humanity a method of connecting with the upper force.
It is difficult for a person to accept this method because of its novelty. There are no previous analogues; it is not confirmed by history. Never before have we spoke about the fact that by connecting people it is possible to influence nature, its forces, the crisis, the climate. Yet, it is necessary to listen to what the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches, otherwise nature will convince us by force, revealing an increasing imbalance in itself. This will be the path of suffering, not the path of light.
We are in a historic period that obliges us to mutual guarantee, to connection, and to love our neighbor as ourselves as the fundamental law of all nature and of all worlds. Our egoism rejects connection, and so every day we must again bring ourselves to it, in new conditions, overcoming the resistance of the increased egoistic desire and the mind that is unable to think in the direction of bestowal. We must artificially return again and again to the discovery of new laws of nature.
Crisis grips us every day more and more, locking humanity as if in a cage on a small planet and leaving us no freedom of choice other than to think about our common destiny in which we all depend on each other. Every day this dependence grows on decisions made elsewhere, between all countries and all nations.
The world is becoming smaller and tighter. Therefore, our influence on each other is increasing. With such rigid dependence, the best thing is good cooperation, mutual guarantee. Every day we should aim our direction to the purpose of creation, make it the purpose of our life, and try to attract as many people as possible to it who understand this connection is necessary, and our nature is opposite to it.
In fact, our nature, by its resistance to connection, helps us rise more purposefully to it. Egoism is help against itself, which helps us realize our condition because we are much more sensitive to forces of separation than to the forces of connection. Therefore, it is necessary to strive for the method of correction to be renewed every day in each of us and all of us together.1
From 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/13/19, “The Conditions for Raising Oneself Above One’s Circle”
1 Minute 0:25
To shift from feeling the reality of this world into the upper reality, called the future world, means to shift from reason to faith above reason, from receiving to bestowing. Although, it is impossible to explain anything here with words, just as it is to explain the existence of different sounds or music to a deaf person. But there are exercises with which we awaken the light that reforms that grants us the power of bestowal. We then gradually begin to think of coexisting with this force of bestowal, instead of the force of reception. This is possible.
When we try to unite, that is, to annul the personal egoistic desire in favor of the general desire to bestow to the group, our foundations begin to gradually change. Thus, we come to faith above reason, to a spiritual approach that lets us feel, understand, make decisions, and perform actions that begin and end not within our desire to enjoy but above it, that is, in the spiritual world.1
When we lose our taste for the work, we get angry and start blaming fate, the Creator, the science of Kabbalah, the teacher. We do not realize that it is exactly the loss of taste in the study and in the group that is the invitation to the spiritual degree where one works not for the sake of the animate, material, or egoistic reward, but for giving pleasure to the Creator.
Gradually, step by step, we get used to this work. The main thing is to realize that the loss of taste in the work or a positive attitude comes from above, from the Creator, directly to a person in order to tear him away from egoism and give him a certain freedom from egoistic pleasures, let him feel independent from his personal interests.
I feel myself suspended between heaven and earth because no pleasure appeals to me, I have no strength and do not see the point in advancing, life offers no fulfillment. This is huge help from the Creator who is tearing a person away from one’s egoistic intention, from this whole world.
Then, all that is left is to work without fuel, without egoistic motivation, only for the greatness of the Creator: to attend lessons, events, and to live in general. I try to exchange previous pleasures that carried the promise of egoistic reward for a new state where I do not want to envision future reward, but only to strive for adhesion with the Creator at every moment.
The feeling that I am doing something for the Creator right now gives me fuel for work, and in that moment I live. The very next moment, I must apply efforts all over again, and again, at every moment. This is how I will advance: the Creator will help disconnect me, cleanse me from my desire to enjoy, and then I will be able to work for His pleasure. This is what I will live for.
These moments, the states when we feel that we have no strength to go on living or acting, when the world gets dull and plunges into darkness with no promise of hope or fulfillment, are tremendous help from the Creator. This is how He tears us away from our reality, from this world, and gives us the opportunity to work for Him.
If the Creator does not disconnect us from the pleasures and fulfillments of this world, we would have no chance of reaching the spiritual degree. We would forever remain in slavery to the Pharaoh who would regularly pay us, and we would obediently work for this reward. Such is our life in egoism.
Thus, the separation from egoism—when we feel emptiness, powerlessness, hopelessness, lost—all these states make it possible to shift from reason to faith above reason, to the level of bestowal, when I decide that I will do everything for the sake of heaven, for the joy of the Creator.
We must perform these exercises that the Creator has prepared for us over and over again and be grateful to Him that we are finally rising from this world into the spiritual world, that we are now on the border line. We have to accelerate and increase such actions so that each of them would be a leap forward; it all depends on our connection to the environment, to the ten.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/2/19, The Work in Faith Above Reason
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 7:35
The Times of Israel published my new article “Flashbacks of the Nazi Era in Present Time: Are Jews At Risk As Before?”
The outbreak of World War II in 1939, beginning with the German invasion of Poland, materialized the cravings of Hitler’s war-thirsty regime. However, the Third Reich’s escalating discriminatory policies targeting Jews led up to that moment in history.
Why is this precursor so vital for us to recognize today? It is critical that we look back and read the signs from the history of the Nazi Era—the assimilation, liberalism and boycotts—because they are strikingly similar to what we see today. The resemblance should sound an alarm for Jews around the world, and especially in America. A new Holocaust may be on the horizon unless we can transform the splintered Jewish community into one indivisible force.
Then and Now
Earlier this year, I visited Berlin and Nuremberg. From the moment I landed, I noticed that both cities are still soaked with radicalization and the German people are gradually getting ready for the next blow. In the past, the storm might have taken years to gather, but now, God forbid, a sharp transition in the attitude toward Jews could occur within a few months.
The signs are not obvious on the surface, so it is difficult to point them out directly. But they are felt through the local TV shows, conversations with city dwellers, and impressions of my longtime students in Germany.
A recent example of this trend is the election of a neo-Nazi, Stefan Jagsch, as mayor of a town in the German state of Hesse. Mainstream parties, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her coalition partner the Social Democratic Party (SPD), voted for him. These are telling signs.
Leading historians warn about the realistic possibility of another Holocaust if the current divisive geopolitical climate, polarization and escalating anti-Semitism persist.
Film director, Steven Spielberg, who established the USC Shoah Foundation to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, expressed deep concern that genocide is as possible today as during the Nazi era. “When collective hate organizes and gets industrialized, then genocide follows,” Spielberg commented in a recent media interview. “We have to take it more seriously today than I think we have had to take it in a generation,” he added.
Looking back at history, just a few days after Hitler rose to power in early 1933, a country-wide boycott of Jewish businesses was ordered. It was followed by legalized edicts to confiscate Jewish property and possessions. Although decades have passed since then, the word “boycott” still reverberates to this day in the anti-Jewish lexicon. What has changed between the times of Nazi Germany and today is the existence of a Jewish state. How does this change the game?
Israel’s Enemies from Within and from Without
The State of Israel was originally considered as an insurance policy for Jews, but nowadays, its very existence has been commandeered by our enemies to garner popularity and legitimacy for anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Zionism. Interestingly, in the futile attempts by Jews to blend into the general population and be “like everyone else,” some extreme Leftist Jewish organizations—J Street and IfNotNow to name a couple—and Israeli activists and intellectuals have rejected their own roots, and play a leading role in global hatred campaigns such as the BDS movement to delegitimize, demonize, and isolate Israel.
Jews should take note that the efforts of German Jews to distance themselves from traditional Judaism in the past, and assimilate into German society, failed to guarantee their escape from the gas chambers of the Third Reich. Such efforts will not save Jews from today’s hatred either. Current anti-Semitism makes it clear that the menace can affect any Jew, anywhere, since the threats come at us from all sides and in every shape and form: from radical Islam, through the far-right and far-left, to mainstream politics, economic forces, and the world of arts and academia.
A vivid example of this threat is the recent assault on an Israeli film festival in Berlin by BDS activists who violently disrupted the event, causing injuries to attendees, according to German police.
If we consider for a moment only economic boycotts, the BDS movement’s wide-ranging influence signals the danger that lies ahead. Zooming in, we would reveal that the boycotts are working effectively, not only on the macro level of countries and multinational companies, but also at micro levels. 19% of Americans think that small shops have the right to refuse service to Jews if doing business with them goes against the religious beliefs of shop owners, according to a recent survey published by the Public Religion Research Institute.
On a wider scale, Europe’s largest bank, HSBC, divested from the Israeli defense company Elbit Systems, and the German sports company, Adidas, ended its 10-year sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA). The BDS movement takes credit for both actions. Current IFA sponsor, Puma, is now the new target in the BDS movement’s #BoycottPuma campaign, which accuses Puma of being “complicit in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights abuses, due to the membership of teams from illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.”
Similarly, after mounting external pressure, the Israeli companies, Soda Stream and Ahava relocated their factories from the West Bank to undisputed areas in Israel. Just recently, a Canadian court decision ruled that Israeli wines from the West Bank cannot be labeled as products of Israel.
Europe buys 20% of fruits and vegetables exported from the Jordan Valley. After the decision made by the European Union to label settlement goods (for easy boycotting), Israeli producers have been forced to look for alternative markets. Ireland passed similar punitive bans. The UK National Union of Journalists has also called for boycotting Israeli products.
We cannot be naïve and think these are campaigns only against Israeli settlements: It is a war on the very legitimacy of the Jewish state, which is constantly singled out by international organizations and accused of the worst possible atrocities.
Why Should an Israeli Boycott Concern All Jews?
Israel is an intrinsic part of the collective Jewish identity and is perceived that way by the nations of the world. So when judgment is passed and punishment is imposed on Israel, it falls on the entire Jewish collective and not on only an individual part.
“Anyone who defames people because of their Jewish identity […] questions the right of the Jewish and democratic state of Israel to exist or Israel’s right to defend itself,” reads a motion recently adopted in Germany that defines BDS as anti-Semitic, comparing its method with the Nazi slogan “Don’t buy from Jews” as “reminiscent of the most horrific phase in German history.”
During a Third Reich boycott campaign, Nazi trucks in the streets with signs and slogans proclaimed, “Defend yourself and don’t buy from Jews!” Windows of Jewish shops were broken, stores were looted, and Jewish business owners were physically attacked.
The Nazis’ official explanation for the boycotts was that they were implemented as a counter-reaction to the demands of Jewish organizations in the US and Britain to boycott German-made products due to the Nazis coming to power (which was true). That measure legitimized anti-Jewish activity and gave it official support, which had not existed until then. Anti-Semitic ideology began penetrating into German consciousness.
All dispersions cast on the Jews by the Nazis are echoed today by BDS supporters against Israel and Jews. The Nazis claimed that Jews were the root of all evil, brought World War I to Europe, destroyed the German economy, and undermined the country. Similarly, BDS proponents claim that Israel is waging war, exploiting innocent Palestinians, extorting the world, and committing genocide.
But besides the economic impact, the most resounding success of BDS activity has been recorded in the academic world in Western countries. Senior researchers refuse to maintain links with universities in Israel or with Israeli researchers, while student associations pressure for the marginalization of Israel. The New York University Department of Social and Cultural Analysis voted to boycott the university’s Tel Aviv campus, and the American Association of University Professors issued a statement supporting the decision.
The boycott movement covers virtually all campuses of US academic institutions including the campuses of elite universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Yale, just to name a few. It also reaches inside student dormitories, creating a hostile and violent atmosphere for Jewish students who publicly support Israel.
In comparison, in April 1933, the Nazis enacted “The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service.” Its purpose was to keep Jews away from all key state positions and Jews were prohibited from teaching and studying at the universities. That same year, the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda was founded, headed by Josef Goebbels. Hitler wanted to base the German educational system on the “purity of the Aryan race,” and non-Aryan teachers and lecturers, most notably Jews, were fired.
That same Ministry defined and outlined Nazi culture. The state determined which works of art, music, books, films, newspapers and plays would be accessible. Works by Jews and the “enemies of the race” were boycotted. The entire population was indoctrinated to harbor a hostile attitude toward Jews from a very early age. In school books, the Jew was depicted as the worst kind of villain. In the press, radio and speeches, misdeeds of individual Jews became generalized and portrayed as Jewish crimes for which all Jewry was responsible.
German Jews were expelled from cultural life, educational institutions and scientific faculties. Thousands were left with no means of subsistence.
Compare that to the cultural world of the 21st century where the BDS movement has been successful in convincing international artists not to perform in Israel. One of its most vociferous leaders is former Pink Floyd band-member Roger Waters, who works tirelessly on this aim. The movement has also pursued banning the performances of emblematic Israeli groups such as Batsheva Dance Company in US and European venues.
Our Common Destiny
Although many Jews in the Diaspora denounce the State of Israel in the name of its official policies, the various boycott movements make no such distinctions. For them, a Jew is a Jew. A good Jew is a dead Jew, as frequently appears in anti-Semitic propaganda at Western universities where those groups operate, and a good Israel is the one that is wiped off the map and erased from reality, as our enemies openly wish.
Getting involved in the political arena does not guarantee any special protection either. The salient presence of Jews among the two leading US parties may be counter-productive at times of trouble. Jews were always the scapegoats and nothing can guarantee that this will not be the case in the future by any of the political forces.
To understand the hatred against Jews, we need to look at the origin and purpose of the Jewish nation. Our Patriarch Abraham, as narrated in The Midrash (Beresheet Rabbah), saw his countryfolk in ancient Babylon arguing and quarrelling, so he tried to bring them closer together to make peace, and anyone who resonated with that message of unity above all differences was welcome to join him.
Abraham’s efforts toward unity and brotherly love are also described by Maimonides, the great 12th century scholar, as the foundation of the Jewish people: “And since [people in the places where he wandered] gathered around him and asked him about his words, he taught everyone…until he brought them back to the path of truth. Finally, thousands and tens of thousands assembled around him, and they are the people of ‘the house of Abraham.” The people of Israel was declared a nation only after they pledged to be “as one man with one heart,” at the foot of Mt. Sinai, as RASHI writes in his Commentary on Exodus, 19:2. When we received the Torah, the light, we were also commanded to be “a light unto the nations,” to spread our unique method of connection to enlighten the rest of the world and serve as an example that shows the positive effects of unity.
This unique example of how our nation was forged after it transcended different backgrounds and beliefs to become one people is what makes us unique and special. But being special does not mean looking down at others from above; it means to serve others. Delivering that example of unity under the premise “love your neighbor as yourself” is what the nations of the world demand from us. They instinctively feel Jews hold the keys for peace and prosperity in the world, and their complaint for not sharing it is manifested as anti-Semitism.
Infamous American anti-Semite, Henry Ford, manifested in his composition The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem, what seems to be a paradox about his perception of Jews and their role: “The whole prophetic purpose, with reference to [the people of] Israel, seems to have been the moral enlightenment of the world through its agency.”
Similarly, a senior member of the Russian Parliament, before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Vasily Shulgin, a self-proclaimed anti-Semite, wrote in his book, What We Don’t Like About Them…, the demand for Jews to lead humanity:
“Let them … rise to the height to which they apparently climbed [in antiquity]… and immediately, all nations will rush to their feet. They will rush not by virtue of compulsion … but by free will, joyful in spirit, grateful and loving, including the Russians! We ourselves will request, ‘Give us Jewish rule, wise, benevolent, leading us to the Good.’ And every day we will offer the prayers for them, for the Jews: ‘Bless our guides and our teachers, who lead us to the recognition of Your goodness.’”
Clearly, in order to implement this leadership role, we Jews first need to unite above our differences. Even the tiniest desire to do that, within the sphere of the collective, will draw a positive force that will permeate the world, and hatred against us will vanish.
In the words of the book, Sefat Emet (True Language):
“The children of Israel became guarantors to correct the entire world … everything depends on the children of Israel. To the extent that they correct themselves [and become united], all creations follow them. As the students follow the teacher, the whole of creation follows the children of Israel.”
In a nutshell, the increasing pressure against Jews and the State of Israel is a calling for us to come together and ask essential questions: Who are we? Why is the world obsessed with hating us? Where are we headed?
As Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag wrote during WWII in his 1940 paper, The Nation:
“It is also clear that the enormous effort that the rugged road ahead requires of us mandates unity that is as solid and as hard as steel from all parts of the nation, without exception. If we do not come out with united ranks toward the mighty forces that are standing on our way to harm us, we will find that our hope is doomed in advance.”
From that common ground and goal, Jews must embark on a shared path. Instead of being hunted by the tragedies of the past resembled in today’s reality, we are required to take all those signals as an impetus to take our people’s vision and fate in our own hands, becoming one unified and thriving nation for this, and for future generations.
Question: What is the meaning of spiritual correction from the Kabbalistic point of view, not from the point of view of all kinds of myths that have existed around it for thousands of years?
Answer: If we consider this question purely from the point of view of the development of the person, humanity, and nature, then we can see that everything develops from simple to complex.
On one hand, a more complex picture of nature constantly manifests itself. On the other hand, although this picture is becoming different all the time, it is also integrating, manifesting itself as an absolutely interconnected unified system. That is first.
Secondly, if we are not talking about the cosmic scale, but about the volume of our Earth, then the system of nature is setup so that its inanimate, plant, and animal levels are in a state of mutual complementarity, mutual equilibrium. If the person had not intervened, then nature would exist in a kind of dynamic equilibrium and dialectical development.
In the last 150 to 200 years, when humans began to actively intervene in nature, it began changing greatly, going through a lot of problematic disturbances and blows. We see how badly this intervention reflects on it and on all its other levels. The extermination of the animal world takes place, huge distortions are observed in the plant world, and even the inanimate level is changing, it suffers.
In general, the intervention of the human in nature, with his egoism, with his greed, is to extract everything for momentary benefit, even if it is not for good, is only to pull out more minerals from the Earth and burn them, is to cut down more plants for personal use, without understanding how much he violates the ecological balance of all parts of nature and how all this leaves a very serious imprint on it. That is how human egoism destroys the world.
However, most importantly, a person in this world is an unhappy creature. Indeed, on one hand, huge powers are concentrated in his hands to accomplish great things. He was given great opportunities, a mind with which he can really turn the whole globe around, as Archimedes once dreamed.
On the other hand, he cannot use the power of his mind correctly. All his actions make everyone miserable, without happiness. We see how much humanity is depressed nowadays, drawn to drugs, and people do not know what to do with themselves. We do not know what will happen tomorrow, do not want to do anything other than momentary maximum consumption, more and more all the time. This is our nature.
From the KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19